Thunder and lightning are a normal part of summertime storms. Unfortunately, chimneys are a bit more susceptible to being struck by lightning than other parts of your home. Rest assured, even though it’s the most common point on your home to be struck, it still isn’t common by any means.
If you happen to have suffered from a lightning strike to your chimney or surrounding area, we’ll let you in on what exactly you should do about it now.
Unfortunately, this is a possibility – especially if there is a buildup of creosote on in the interior of your chimney. Creosote is highly flammable byproduct that accumulates as you have more fires. This material can be easily removed by trained chimney professionals, but even in small quantities, creosote can have the power to start a chimney fire.
If you hear crackling or whooshing, smell or see smoke or a fire, call 911 immediately. Even if you are unsure, it’s important to call. Sometimes the spark starts small – it’s better to get ahead of it, before it grows to more of your home.
Once you’ve determined there was no fire, or it’s been completely extinguished, it’s time to look into other potential damage that’s occurred. Inspections should be performed annually by a trained team to make sure everything is in good shape. When you experience something such as a bad storm or lightning strike, it’s important to have your chimney looked at as soon as possible. If not, small damage can escalate to larger issues. This will cost you more in the long run and may delay enjoying fires when the weather cools down.
In addition to the potential fire damage that may have happened, there is also the chance you may have encountered the following:
All of this potential damage can be addressed by our trained team at A-1 Chimney. By scheduling an inspection, our team will look at your chimney and fireplace from head to toe to ensure we don’t miss anything important. After the initial inspection is complete, we’ll either move forward with a plan, or schedule a follow up inspection if a closer look is required.
If lightning struck your chimney, don’t fret. Our expert team at A-1 Chimney Specialist can determine the best plan to get your chimney back to normal. We’ll start with an inspection and ensure we get your chimney and fireplace repaired and back to working condition as soon as possible. We value quality work while delivering on a timeline that is fair for you.
Are you ready to get started? Then call the team at A-1 Chimney Specialist at 931-967-3595 (TN) or 256-285-4895 (AL); You can also send our team a message online to book your sweep and inspection.